This method is extremely effective as long as your child is not frustrated. The hardest and most important thing to do is to make letter formation fun for your child. Obviously, a parent with high energy and a child who is well rested both go a long way. However, another way to make letter formation fun, is by using exciting materials. Here is a list of 15 different materials your child can use when practicing letter formation. 1. Play dough _ make a long roll, then form it into the letter. Can also use a letter play dough mat. 2. Salt Tray _ pie tin filled with enough salt that the bottom is covered. 3. Shaving Cream _ pump shaving cream into a cookie sheet. Have your child spread it around before making the letter with his finger. 4. Sandpaper _ cut the letter out of a piece of sandpaper, or just have your child trace the letter on the sandpaper. 5. White Crayon on Black Construction Paper _ Write the letter with white crayon and have your child trace it with his finger. 6. Dot Markers _ Use dot markers to make the letter. 7. Pipe Cleaners _ Use pipe cleaners to make the letter. 8. Gel Bag _ Fill a gallon sized zip lock bag with colored hair gel. Squeeze out any extra air. Use packing tape to seal the top. Have your child trace the letter onto the bag. 9. Pasta _ Use plain or colored pasta to make the letter. 10. Puffy Paint _ Write the letter with puffy paint on a piece of card stock. Have your child trace over the paint with his finger once the paint is dry. 11. Whiteboard _ Write with a dry erase marker on a small whiteboard or on a whiteboard that is hanging on the wall. 12. Bathtub Crayons _ Write with bathtub crayons in the bathtub. 13. Chalk _ Write with chalk on a small chalkboard or outside on the sidewalk. 14. Rainbow Letters _ Write the letter on a half sheet of paper using a pen or thin pencil. Have your child choose 5┦ crayons. Your child will trace the letter 5┦ times each time with a new crayon. The letter will be written in a rainbow of colors when he is finished. 15. Yarn on Sandpaper _ Give your child small pieces of yarn and a piece of sandpaper. Have your child make the letter by sticking the yarn to the sandpaper.
The first thing to remember is to always have a good introduction, whether formal or not, you need to introduce the letter with "Dear", or "To Whom It May Concern", or a greeting of sorts for the person that the letter is addressed to. Remember, this is the start of a letter, and doesn't need to be long, just keep it simple and traditional. The second thing to remember in regards to writing in a letter format is to communicate your thoughts clearly. It might take a few drafts to get all the information out and in a concise manner. You have to keep in mind that you want an audience for your writing, and that their time is precious. Do not get too longwinded; so make sure you hit the points you need to hit with concise speech and rhetoric. Start with an introduction paragraph that describes what you're going to talk about in the following writing, just do not make it too vague or too detailed, and find a happy medium. Another good tip is in regards to the body of the letter format. The body should have an informal touch to it, as if you're talking to someone that you know well. If you're giving instructions, asking for information, or anything that is not necessarily too formal, keep it friendly, light and to the point. Remember, you're writing a letter not necessarily a novel.